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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM FY 2018 Grants Funding Plan

Introduction

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. For more about the library’s mission and organization, see //www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/nlm.html.

NLM’s Extramural Programs Division provides grants to support basic and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science, health information sciences, bioinformatics and public health informatics, as well as for research training in these areas. Applied Informatics resource grants assist in improving information access and services for health professionals and the public. Support is also available for scholarly works on biomedical topics.

Budget Data FY2018

Current Appropriation: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017” (Public Law 115-56) signed by President Trump on September 8, 2017.  This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 8, 2017 at 99.3209 percent of the FY 2017 enacted level.

Continuing the fiscal policies under NOT-OD-17-086 and consistent with NIH practices during the CRs of FY 2006 – 2017, the NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2018 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period.  All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2017 (see NOT-OD-17-075) remain in effect under this CR, as well as the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale (see NOT-OD-17-087). The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels and tuition/fees are described in NOT-OD-17-084 and NOT-OD-17-003.

Funding Strategy: Once NLM has received its appropriation for FY2018, NLM will support as many meritorious competing grant applications as possible, across the array of grant programs it offers, with priority on research and training.  General funding guidelines are established each year based on appropriated funds available. Final award decisions reflect considerations of program relevance, portfolio balance, recommendations of the NLM Board of Regents, and availability of funds. In keeping with NIH policy, budgets for awarded grants may receive programmatic or administrative adjustments. These adjustments take into consideration the overall scientific and technical merit of the grant application as well as the appropriateness of the requested budget. Although NLM’s training authority is not part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs, stipends and other details of NLM’s research training programs are modeled upon NRSA. Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the primary basis for award decisions on all grant types, along with innovation and potential impact of proposed research.  For experienced investigators, applications with Impact scores 30 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding. For Early Stage investigators and New investigators seeking their first R01 research grant applications, or the first renewal of previous award to an Early Stage investigator, applications with Impact scores of 33 or better will be considered for funding. For career transition awards and fellowships, applications with Impacts scores of 30 or better will be considered for funding. All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Fundable Range: NLM uses the overall Impact Score as the starting point for decisions about awards, along with innovation, potential impact of proposed research and portfolio balance.  NLM also considers the experience of the principal investigator as a decision factor, to assure that investigators at all levels of experience have research support.

  • For experienced investigators, research project grant applications with Impact scores 25 or better are the most likely to be considered for funding
  • For Early Experienced Investigators in the first period after an ESI award, research project grant applications with Impact scores of 30 or better are most likely to be considered for funding.
  • For Early Stage investigators (ESI) and New investigators seeking their first R01 research grant applications, applications with Impact scores of 32 or better will be considered for funding.
  • For career transition awards, applications with Impact scores of 28 or better will be considered for funding.
  • For fellowships, applications with Impact scores of 28 or better will be considered for funding.

All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.